Being in a rut can happen to each and every one of us. You may feel stuck in the same old routines and feel you can’t progress. Life may seem unexciting and even boring. It can be a very challenging time for you mentally and even physically. This may be a difficult time for you, but there are things you can do. However, I do hope these practical tips could help somebody out there as they have worked for me. I do want to say that if you’re still feeling unhappy and especially if you’re feeling suicidal or having suicidal thoughts/self-harm, please talk to someone a relative, friend, healthcare professional.
1) Accept that you’re in a rut
This can be probably the hardest. However, I believe it’s important to take a step back, reflect and accept what’s going on. You may have noticed your lack of motivation or developing bad habits. Or your mood may have changed, being more grumpy, moody or just sad. You can feel like you’re not good enough which stops being the best possible you. However, do not despair. You have to accept that you feel that way without pretending it’s not happening. Once you can truly accept that you’re not feeling 100% (which is absolutely normal and ok by the way), you can move on and get back to feeling like yourself again.
Having that awareness of how you feel can really help you dig deep to figure out the deep-rooted problem. I know it’s scary to be vulnerable with yourself and feel negative feelings. But if you do this, you’ll be able to move on from it.
2) Complete something on your to-do list
This could literally be anything on your to-do list such as taking the bins out, washing your makeup brushes, washing your bedding, cleaning, organising. It could be watering the plant which you may have been neglecting. Or, it could be just making sure you make your bed in the morning. If you feel up to it, you could even do the bigger tasks. Something as small as getting out of bed a little earlier could even brighten your mood. Completing any small task can help you make you feel good and every task you do is progress which can help boost your mood.
3) Self-care day
This is essential in not just getting yourself out of a rut, but in everyday life. It’s crucial for your mental health to take time for yourself to reset. This day should include doing things that make you feel good and looking after yourself. On this day, it’s a great idea to engage in something you know you enjoy and/or you’re good at even if you don’t feel like it. This day is all about you and it’s definitely not selfish! Self-care is a form of self-love which can help you to start feeling better about yourself. Self-care can be big things or small things such as drinking water, making sure you get enough rest or listening to your favourite song. Whatever you can do to make yourself feel good you should do it.
Anyway, I hope these tips can help anybody out there. I’ve decided to try and do my blog in this style for a while and see how it goes. I am just getting back into the swing of things hence why there aren’t many tips. However, I hope with time I’ll be able to write more meaningful and longer posts. Thank you for everyone who is bearing with me. Thank you for the time you took to read this post!
Hope you have a lovely day!